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The godfather of Italian cooking, Antonio Carluccio, has passed away

The man who brought Italian cuisine to mainstream popularity has sadly passed away at the age of 80.

Famous fans of celebrity chef, Antonio Carluccio, are mourning his passing on social media. 

Jamie Oliver, who started his career as Antonio's protege, shared a message of grief on Instagram.

"He was my first London boss at the Neal Street restaurant 25 years ago which was an institution and Mecca of wild mushrooms where I had the pleasure of working for him. He was such a charismatic charming don of all things Italian!" Jamie wrote on Instagram.

"He was an amazing food ambassador that will be sorely missed."

 

 

Hi guys with great sadness I’ve heard that Antonio Carluccio passed away this morning. He was my first London Boss at the Neal Street restaurant 25 years ago which was an institution and Mecca of wild mushrooms where I had the pleasure of working for him. He was such a charismatic charming don of all things Italian!! Always hanging out the front door of the restaurant with a big fat Cigar a glass of something splendid and his amazing fuzzy white hair . The imagine here is from his great cook book that first got me hooked on Pasta which I found so very inspirational and drove me to work for him. I also had the pleasure of making and producing his TV show the “Two Greedy Italians “ with his life long best friend and partner in crime @gennarocontaldo who were hilarious together !! he was an amazing food ambassador that will be sorely missed. My love goes out to his partner Sabina his family and his dear and close friends on this very sad day. Viva Antonio Carluccio @cookcarluccio Cook a feast up there mate ??xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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The news of Antonio's death was announced via his website and social media channels on November 8. 

His agent later revealed he died after falling in his home earlier that morning. 

Antonio was known for his many TV appearances, including the long-running TV series, Two Greedy Italians, which he co-hosted with Gennaro Contaldo.

He authored 22 cookbooks and owned the Carluccio chain of restaurants across the UK, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.

Admirers continue to flood social media with words of kindness for the chef.

Matt Moran said it was a "sad day for our industry", while Nigella Lawson responded with a simple tweet in Italian, "riposi in pace" (rest in peace).

Antonio is survived by his partner Sabine.

 

 
 

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